Quick-Scan The Details Of Your Suit : A One Minute Ritual
A certain gesture we choose to perform, like straightening a necktie or adjusting the shirt sleeve to show underneath the jacket sleeve, can be viewed as being ‘absurd’ as much as it can be viewed as being ‘meaningful’. This dichotomy of seeing something as being absurd while at the same time being meaningful is the very nature of what can be described as a ritual.
Angela Carter, in the short story entitled Burning Your Boats, made the point well in terms of describing the paradox that the word ‘ritual’ represents: “[Humans] live only in a world of icons and there they participate in rituals which transmute life itself to a series of grand gestures, as moving as they are absurd.”
Many of us are attracted to the idea of a ritual (or ceremony with a number of actions in a prescribed order), which can lend a sense of stability and comfort while conveying a feeling of a secret rite of passageway towards a quest. Whatever your view on the meaningfulness of the ritual, a ritual can also be functional and useful to accomplish small goals or big objectives in an efficient way.
To reduce the impulse of adjusting your look throughout the day, PG editorNicholson describe a “one-minute ritual” as a way to quickly double-check a few nuances of good suiting. With this one-minute ritual, you will not only reduce the amount of energy it takes to checkover your ensemble throughout the day, but also will build your knowledge of what makes a good shirt and a good suit–which can translate into better buying decisions in the future.
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